|An ancient meadow that has never been farmed using modern techniques. |
You can still see the ridges and furrows where the meadow used to farmed.
Look really closely and you can see the green veins on their wings that give them their name and the pretty spotty pattern running down their front.
The majority were purple, ranging from very deep plum, to amethyst and pale lavender.
Many had a white patch where the spots appear and we even found some pale pink and white flowers, although those seemed to be blooming later than the purple flowers. I suspect there will be many more white and pink flowers on show in a week or so.
We looked for the early marsh orchids, but there was no sign of them yet, so they may be a couple more weeks. We did fine one snake's-head fritillary in one of the meadows. It had gone over, but wouldn't that be wonderful if they could take hold in the meadow too.
|What's left of a snake's-head fritillary|